Sunday, October 7, 2012

Performance Poet Laura E.J. Moran Headlines + Poet Phillip Giambri + Open Mic - Oct. 10

The Inspired Word presents one of the most riveting performance poets around, Laura E.J. Moran + poet Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner + our amazing 20-slot open mic open to all types of artists. Hosted by comedian Mike Brown.



Laura E. J. Moran is a performance poet who, over the past twenty years, has toured the USA, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, and in June 2012, Romania. An interview with Laura by poet Jeffrey McDaniel can be found The Poetry Foundation’s “Harriet the Blog” (April 2011.) She is the author of several collections of poetry: Improper Joy (2006, Stockport Flats,) Live Bait (CD, Great Divide, 2005,) and three one-woman poetry shows entitled Inhibition Exhibition (2006,) Improper Joy Live (2008,) and Eden: The Dark Side of Paradise (2010.) She is currently finishing a full-length play entitled Last Words and a hybrid novel entitled Jump the Snake. She was the 1992 Providence Poetry Slam Grand Champion,the 1995 Seattle Grand Slam Champion and she performed on national slam teams in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. New York State Council on the Arts, The Center for Book Arts in NYC, and Poets & Writers have supported her work. Laura is the 2011 Beverly Hiscox Scholar at Wilkes University Creative Writing Graduate Program where she earned her MA in June 2011 and her MFA in June 2012. Laura Moran is also the curator of the First Fridays Contemporary Author’s Series in Narrowsburg, NY now in its seventh season. She lives with sculptor John Roth in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River where the north and south branches of Calkins Creek meet.

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"LAURA MORAN is a hot poet at the top of her game. She is risking everything by sofa-surfing the USA - seeing her is like taking the temperature of the Age." - Bob Holman, editor of United States of Poetry and founder Bowery Poetry Club.

"One of the most beautifully lyrical poets ever to bridge the space between page and stage." - Taylor Mali, national award winning poet, performer, educator.


A product of the streets of South Philadelphia, 71-year-old poet Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner obtained his deviant perspective on life listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR radio back in the ‘50s. Fleeing Philly at seventeen, he served in the military, has been an actor, hairstylist, stoner, janitor, writer, drifter, recording engineer, hired hand, poet, traveling salesman, barfly, banker, biker, bronco buster, announcer, mail-order minister, photographer, and “Computer Guru”. He arrived in NY City in ’68, joined the Hippie pilgrimage to St. Marks Place, and never left. He’s attended too many schools to mention and blown several scholarships….studying nearly everything, without ever attaining a degree in anything. His self-published websites “Ancient Mariner Tales” and “Confessions of A Repeat Offender” offer bored web surfers a glimpse into his futile search for self-discovery and meaning. He can be found in downtown NYC, regularly spinning yarns and telling tall tales at The Inspired Word, Bar 82, Barnes & Noble, Black & White Bar, Kairos Poetry Café, Pianos, and anywhere else that will tolerate him.


Produced by: Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word


When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

Where: 116
116 MacDougal Street
(between Bleecker Street and Minetta Lane)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (917) 703-1512

Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 7pm

Show starts @ 7:30pm

Cover Charge: $10


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